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Questions tagged [performance-practice]

For questions related to how music is or was performed, including but not limited to issues of instrumentation, tuning, and personnel.

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Why doesnt my flute tone improve?

So i have been playing the flute for 5 years and a couple months ago, I purchased an intermediate level yamaha flute. I practice every single day for a minimum of an hour and i try to do long tones as ...
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How should I got about re-creating a melody in chiptune?

I am trying to recreate "Pure Vessel"(A.K.A. Path of Pain theme) by Christopher Larkin in chiptune. However, my first attempt at it was awful(my failed attempt), and I would appreciate it if I could ...
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Is there a musical difference between a work ending with a whole note and one ending with a whole note tied to an eighth?

Occasionally I come across pieces of music written for wind ensembles (or similar groups) such that the final held note of a piece is notated like so: In other words, the final note of the piece ends ...
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Any tips on playing 5 and 6 note tuplets? (sheet music in desc)

http://www.gangqinpu.com/pu/2015/7/2/104346_155341.pdf bar 66 - 73 the notes are easy but just timing the triplets with the dotted notes in the left hand (whats it called? syncopation?) here is the ...
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What is the historically informed way of playing the 1/16 notes in Handel's Water Music suite no. 1 overture?

Handel's Water Music suite no. 1 starts with a slow overture with 1/16 notes at the middle and end of each measure: Some performances play it "as written" [Koopman], but some play the 1/16 notes ...
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Should I use the sustain pedal when playing Bach fugues?

I'm Practicing Bach Prelude & Fugue in D . There is no pedal markings since it from Baroque eras , but i found in Youtube many Concert pianist Performing Fugue with Sustain Pedals. Am working for ...
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Practice and performance

This question is going to take some time to explain (at least for me), so pardon the length ahead of time. Also note that it seem like it elicits opinions but this is not the intent. I'm interested ...
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Grace notes: when are they played on the beat, and when are they played off?

Since my performance experience is mostly in music after 1850, and since my instrument very rarely has any grace notes, I've been mixed up for some time on how to play grace notes in different musical ...
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Very little time to learn pretty complex songs. What should my strategy be?

I got invited to join this band. They've got plenty more experience than I do, but I've been playing with one of the members for quite a while and, I guess, I wasn't doing so bad, since he's now ...
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Singing Exercises [closed]

I need some effective and efficient singing exercises to improve generally but also specifically to reduce the nasally sound. Also any exercises that anybody knows to help with staying in pitch ...
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What genre of music is the most complex? [closed]

I was messing arrounnd with my friends and a question arose: what type / genre of music and why is the most complex to interpete / improvize. We take in account the complexity of the compositions, ...
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Timing and performance

I love music and I want to create and I have an advanced knowledge of theory. But when it comes to performance, I fall flat. Whenever I am playing a bass or guitar, I become too overwhelmed and ...
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As a soloist, should I face the audience or the conductor during long tutti sections?

I am playing a violin concerto with an orchestra and a fairly large audience in a few weeks. So my question is, in the long Tutti parts where I don't play, should I face towards the audience, and what ...
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What can I do to stop getting nervous before and during a performance?

Normally when I have a piano performance/recital I tend to get nervous. I have done a couple of exams, and all I do is stare at the wall. But then I start sweating and then my hands are all sweaty ...
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What meaning has fingering when written “x”?

In many Louis Moreau Gottshalk's scores (eg. Minuit a Seville, Measures 15, 16 and others), the fingering is written "x" and not a digit. What does it mean ? I interpret "any", but I'm not sure. ...
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Practice techniques for footswitches

I do a lot of pedal switching. I have an RJM mastermind MIDI board which controls an Axe FX. I have two common problems when hitting a foot switch: Timing and Accuracy. Timing I would hope is self ...
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Need advice on simple audio mixer and setup for novice sitar player to play along with masters recorded audio?

Currently the person plays the recorded audio on her laptop and practices along with it, the issue is background noise and other household noise distracting her. I am not a qualified person, my ...
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What do I do when I feel lost when practicing a piece?

I've been practicing this piece for a while now and I just feel totally empty inside. I'm practicing measures and I feel like I'm not making any progress. I can play it with a slow speed but I feel ...
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Should I try to perfect every song I play at open mic?

I've recently taken to attending open mic nights to try and get some much needed experience playing in front of an audience. I've currently got two performances under by belt and I realize I have a ...
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How to maintain an existing repertoire of performance-worthy compositions?

As an amateur guitarist, I have to time-budget my daily practice. Thus, I can either learn new material or play through the compositions I want to keep in good condition for performance. Playing ...
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Antiphonal violins and the arrangement of the strings in an orchestra

I asked a question on the arrangement of the string parts in Music Fans recently: Question in Music Fans. I asked there since the question was inspired by a particular performance of a particular ...
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Playing the violin independently

I have been playing the violin for a few years now, but I've moved to a college where I'm not able to pursue the violin with an instructor like before. I've never played independently, and I'd like ...
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Theory vs Practice

I am a keyboard player. I've been playing for 8 years now. The reason I ask this question about the purposes, differences and priority of theory and practice is that I've been noticing some resonating ...
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Singing or playing up side down

I've always wanted to know how difficult is it to sing while being up side down? Remember Peter Gabriel? In one of his concerts he stands on a magnet platform in special shoes up side down and sings. ...
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Preparing for recording

I am an experienced musician playing over 30 years. But I have found out after attempting to record myself at home that I have nerves that interfere with the performance. What techniques do you have ...
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Linear Harmony = neo-medievalism?

How much can linear harmony (the Tonnetz, Neo-Riemannian theory) be explained, more than a century later, as a correction from overly vertical (chordal, Roman numeral, late 1700's) organization to ...
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Weird and Irritating Problem With My 3rd Finger in Piano Performance

The story goes like this: 3-4 years ago I used to practice with the Hanon book. I played the exercises with a fast tempo -- I didn't have good control of my left hand fingers, but I insisted on ...
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How can I find a room suitable for writing, recording and rehearsing with a band?

I've tried rehearsal studios, but you can hear the band next to you, so they aren't good for recording or writing. I've thought about renting office space, but the neighbors probably wouldn't ...
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Gaspard de la Nuit: Scarbo fingering

Does anyone have any suggestions for fingering and for practicing the scale-run at measure 228 in Scarbo? I am working on all three movements and have had particular trouble with this quick run. I ...
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What do you work on to get more confident, stay relaxed and play consistently?

I've been a self taught drummer for the past 18 years and only a few months ago started getting into drum notation and actually practicing rudiments. I'm realizing how important these both are to ...
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Where does the tradition of bowing after a performance come from?

Why do we bow after a performance? Where does this tradition come from? For how long has performers been doing this? Maybe there is some sort of interesting anecdote about this.
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Which source for Scarlatti K208? Can I mix and match versions?

I'm working on Scarlatti's K208. The Dover edition includes variants from the Codice Veneziano (C.V.), Codice Santini (C.S.) and from the London original edition (E.O.). The first picture shows a ...
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Performance practice of baroque triplets

When is a triplet not actually played as three equal-duration note lengths? If I may use ratio notation -- I have always understood the only acceptable interpretation of a triplet notation to be the ...